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department store offers one of the most expensive box lunches ever. good morning, i'm amara sohn, those stories and more are straight ahead on "first look" on msnbc. >>> we begin this morning with dueling over the debt. president obama and house speaker, john boehner escalated the battle over the debt limit last night. they both appealed to american television viewers in speeches that reflect the two sides being farther apart than ever on the issue. nbc's tracey potts has more from washington. >> we're now one week away from the deadline for default and it looks like the white house and congress are no closer to a deal. >> this is no way to run the greatest country on earth. it's a dangerous game that we've never played before. and we can't afford to play it now. >> reporter: president obama is taking his behind closed doors fight public, urging taxpayers to pressure republicans into considering taxing the wealthiest americans. >> the president wanted a blank check six months ago and he wants a blank check today. this is just not going to happen. >> reporter: boehner, who insists i gave
. and cosmic tagalong, a massive neighbor in earth's orbit. good morning, i'm amara sohn. those stories and more are straight ahead. this is "first look" on msnbc. >>> we begin this morning with the debt scramble. house speaker john boehner's debt ceiling proposal will be put to the test today with an expected vote in the house. but realistically it's going nowhere fast. the president has vowed to veto the plan. so where do things go from here? tracie potts has more from washington. good morning. >> reporter: good morning. it's a vote on a plan that democrats say will never reach the president's desk. budget officials found another $50 billion in savings, so house speaker john boehner is putting the plan to a vote today. >> the speaker's plan is on life support and it's time for him to pull the plug. >> never let them see you sweat. >> reporter: $1 trillion in cuts. it's no slam dunk, his own party wants more and complains his plan would add $7 trillion to our national debt. >> that is unacceptable and unsustainable. >> reporter: house republicans say they'd like to cut more, but democr
and good morning. welcome to our viewers across the nation including the pacific time zone. i'm amara sohn. >>> today we begin with running out of time. it was a working weekend in washington as the president met with congressional leaders trying to come up with a plan on tackling the debt limit. but in a sign of the deep divisions on capitol hill, two rival plans now appear to be in the works. for more, we go to nbc's tracie potts in washington. tracie, good morning. >> reporter: good morning. there are two different approaches here. one democrats who want to make sure whatever deal they come up with holds through the 2012 elections. republicans are looking at a step by step process where they would cut a trillion and raise the debt ceiling some now and come back to renegotiate part of this before the election. democrats and the president say no way they'll go for that. that's why we're at a stalemate. the issue now is timing. you mentioned meetings over the weekend. president obama we saw with top democrats at the white house trying to urge them to compromise more. republicans met with j
. >> hello and good morning. i'm amara sohn. we begin with running out of time. it was a working weekend in washington as the president met with congressional leaders trying to come up with a plan on tackling the debt limit. but in a sign of the deep divisions on capitol hill, two rival plans now appear to be in the works. for more, we go to nbc's tracie potts in washington. tracie, good morning. >> reporter: good morning. the bottom line this morning, still no deal here in washington. ever so close to this deadline for default. republicans, democrats, the white house, all working overtime this weekend to try to come to some agreement. president obama had top democrats at the white house working on their backup plan. john boehner, the house speaker, meeting with conservative republicans last night telling them that they need to be ready to compromise and deal with some changes from what they originally wanted. there are two different versions here. democrats looking to, in fact, insisting that we deal with all of these cuts through 2013. republicans saying they want to do it step by step
ever. captions paid for by nbc-universal television hello, and good morning. i'm amara sohn. today we begin with dueling over the debt. president obama and house speaker john boehner escalated the battle over the debt limit last night. they both appealed to american television viewers in speeches that reflect the two sides being farther apart than ever on the issue. nbc's tracie potts has more from washington. >> reporter: we're now one week away from this possible default deadline and it looks like the white house and congress are no closer to a deal today. >> this is no way to run the greatest country on earth. it's a dangerous game that we've never played before and we can't afford to play it now. >> reporter: president obama is taking his behind-closed-doors fight public to pressure republicans into. >> the president wanted a blank check six months ago and he wants a blank check today. this is just not going to happen. >> reporter: boehner, who insists i gave it my all before negotiations broke down, argues the crisis isn't in congress, it's in the oval office. president obama ref
, and good morning. welcome to our viewers across the nation, including the pacific time zone. i'm amara sohn. today we begin with vote failure. house speaker john boehner has been dealt a major blow from his own party with the clock ticking on the looming default of the nation. yesterday boehner was unable to coral enough support to bring his debt ceiling bill to a vote. tracie potts has the latest details from washington. tracie, good morning. >> reporter: at this hour, amara, good morning. the americans are nervous. the white house is concerned. lawmakers here on capitol hill frustrated. some of them furious at the tea party. one lawmaker called it pretty scary. >> what's going on in the house is crazy. is a disgrace. it is an outrage. >> the republicans are holding hostage the credit of the united states of america. >> do you have the votes? >> reporter: he didn't. it may come up again today, but speaker john boehner had to postpone a vote on his $1 trillion deficit plan because he couldn't get enough votes from his own party. >> the last thing we need to do is be playing around with augu
. welcome to our viewers across the nation including the pacific time zone. i'm amara sohn. today we begin with the debt scramble. house speaker john boehner's reworked debt ceiling proposal will be put to the test today with an expected vote in the house. realistically, it's going nowhere fast. in the unlikely event it passes, the house and senate, the president has vowed to veto the plan. where do things go from here? tracie potts has more from washington. the racie, good morning. >> reporter: good morning. democrats say it is going nowhere and will never land on the president's desk. budget officials found another $60 billion in savings. >> the speaker's plan is on life support and it is time for him to pull the plug. >> you're not worried? >> lefr let them see you sweat. >> reporter: a trillion dollars in cuts. his own party wants more and complains his plan would add $7 trillion to our national debt. >> that is unacceptable and unsustainable. >> reporter: house republicans want to cut more but democrats won't budge. >> you need a partner to dance with in the senate. we don't have one.
atalk. >>> and deep space oasis. i'm amara sohn. this is "first look" on msnbc. >>> we begin with this morning with running out of time. it was a working weekend in washington, as the president met with congressional leaders, trying do come up with a plan on tackling the debt limit. but in a sign of the deep division on capitol hill, two rival plans now appear to be in the works. the for more, we go to nbc's tracie potts in washington. >> reporter: good morning. we're starting to see some signs that this gridlock in washington is not good for wall street. asian markets opened lower this morning, shaken that washington could be on the verge of its first-ever default. the big question now, how might wall street react this morning? >> it's unthinkable that this country will not meet its obligations on time. it's just unthinkable that we'd ever do that. >> reporter: a market slide could affect what you pay for mortgages, car loans, financing college. right now, washington is stuck on the timing. democrats and republicans want to tighten this up now. >> i don't think they have the
better. you're watching "early today." >>> good morning. welcome back to "early today." i'm amara sohn. here are some of your top headlines this morning. republican presidential candidate michelle bachmann says she is running for president, not her husband. at the national press club the minnesota congresswoman refused to answer questions about her husband's christian counseling clinic which attempts to convert gay patients and has accepted government funding. >>> the rebel military campaign against leader muammar qadhafi was shot and killed on thursday. >>> polygamous sect leader warren jeffs will be representing himself in his criminal trial after firing his defense team. in opening statements a prosecutor says they'll present audio recordings and dna evidence to prove jeffs raped a 12-year-old and impregnated a 15-year-old. >>> a delaware man convicted of killing a woman with an ax was executed this morning. robert jackson was put to death by lethal injection. the state's first execution since 2005. >>> and the skeletal remains of a man missing for 27 years was discovered in the chi
. >>> welcome back to "first look." i'm amara sohn. here are some of the top stories making news this morning. >>> north korea is calling for a peace treaty with the u.s. to officially end the korean war. the request comes on the 58th anniversary of the armistice deal that ended the fighting. the two koreas have remained technically at war because there has never been a peace treaty. all this comes as one of north korea's top diplomats visits new york to try to restart six-party nuclear disarmament talks. >>> the judge in the casey anthony trial is delaying the release of the name of jurors until october. he says he is concerned about their safety following their not guilty verdict, and he wants to wait until things cool off. >>> earlier this week hundreds of tourists from around the world protested in peru after being denied entry into -- the numbers being allowed into the ruins is now being limited because of damage created by multitudes of visitors. >>> in england a woman was rescued after her car veered off the road and plunged down a cliff. she was trapped in a car for 20 hours before sh
>>> hello, and good morning. i'm amara sohn. today we begin with dualing over the debt. president obama and house speaker john boehner he escalated the battle over the debt limit last night. they both appealed to american television viewers in speeches that reflect the two sides being farther apart than ever on the issue. nbc's steve handelsman reports. >> reporter: president obama came on primetime tv to fan public outrage. one week until default, and still no deal. >> this is no way to run the greatest country on earth. >> reporter: not raising the debt limit would cost all of us. >> interest rates would skyrocket on credit cards, mortgages, and car loans. that results on a huge tax hike on the american people. >> reporter: tax hikes are the problem republicans refuse. driven by tea partiers saying they would rather seek default. >> that's not right. it's not fair. >> reporter: medicare and the like would suffer, the president said, without tax hikes on the well off. >> keep in mind that under a balanced approach that 98% of americans who make under $250,000 would see no tax increased
with an executive dream. captions paid for by nbc-universal television >>> hello, and good morning. i'm amara sohn. as the country ticks down on the spotless credit rating john boehner is scrambling to rewrite the budget bill after the congressional budget office said his proposed spending cuts failed to meet his estimates. tracie potts joins us from washington with the arrest latest. >> reporter: this is the plan that boehner says will save the $1 trillion that both sides could agree on. it turns out the congressional bubbling office will only save $850 billion. that means he is sure he is back to the drawing board trying to find more savings. there are lots of questions on the house side about this plan as he now puts off a vote to try to get those numbers in line. he can only lose 22 republican votes and still get this plan through. ten republicans have already said they're not voting for it. now, on the senate side, harry reid's plan, still some yez questions there. it would save more than boehner's plan. not touching medicare or social security, but there are still even some democrats who are
, and good morning. i'm amara sohn. this is "first look" on msnbc. today we begin with vote failure. house speaker john boehner has been dealt a major blow from his own party with the clock ticking on the looming default of the nation. yesterday boehner was unable to coral enough support to bring his debt ceiling bill to a vote. tracie potts has the latest details from washington. tracie, good morning. >> reporter: americans are getting nefrk us. the white house is concerned. lawmakers are frustrated, some of them furious with the tea party. one lawmaker called it pretty scary. >> what's going on in the house is crazy. it is an outrage. >> the republicans are holding hostage the credit of the united states of america. >> do you have the votes? >> reporter: he didn't. it may come up again today, but speaker john boehner had to postpone a vote on his $1 trillion deficit plan because he couldn't get enough votes from his own party. >> the last thing we need to do is be playing around with august the 2nd. >>> tea party conservatives blocked it. >> this is the only proposal on the table that ac
>>> hello, and good morning. i'm amara sohn. today we begin with the debt scramble. john boehner's reworked debt ceiling proposal will be put to the test today with an expected vote in the house. realistically, it's going nowhere fast. in the unlikely event it passes, the house and senate, the president has vowed to veto the plan. where do things go from here? tracie potts has more from washington. >> reporter: good morning. it is unlikely that it would pass even the senate. the senate majority leader, harry reid, said every democratic senator will vote against it, so it won't each reach the president's desk. this is the boehner plan that we've been talking about that would cut $1 trillion from the budget he says. the congressional budget office says they found an extra $50 billion, and they're putting that up for vote today. even conservative republicans in the house are concerned about it not for what it would say, but what it would add to the debt. $7 trillion. the tea party is calling that unacceptable and unsustainable. so what are the options? there's another plan on the democratic si
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